Friday, August 11, 2017

8/11 Blackberry, Trans Mountain, Elwha fish, BC humpback, brown Trump, NW ice age

Blackberries [Woodinville Patch]
Blackberry Season: The Delicious Scourge Of Puget Sound Is Here To Stay
Every year toward the end of every summer, right between giant spider season and wildfire season, we get blackberry season. It's the time of year when forearm-thick canes covered in thorns stretch out over sidewalks and hiking paths bearing bundles of tart blackberries…. According to Steven Burke, manager of King County's noxious weed program, blackberries were brought to the Pacific Northwest over 100 years ago from Europe. There are two main species of blackberry here: the "parent" that came from Europe, and a hybrid of that European blackberry and the native Pacific Northwestern blackcap and trailing varieties. Neal McNamara reports. (Woodinville Patch)

Trans Mountain pipeline work stopped before it starts in British Columbia 
 The British Columbia provincial government has monkey-wrenched the start of construction for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, announcing Thursday that it is taking legal and administrative steps to stop the project. At issue is inadequate consultation by developer Kinder Morgan with First Nations, said George Heyman, Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister, in a news conference in Victoria. The company must complete consultations with First Nations on several environmental aspects of the project not yet addressed, and may not begin work on public land until it does so, Heyman said. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times) See also: B.C. joins legal battles against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion  Derrick Penner reports. (Vancouver Sun) And also: B.C.'s impending Kinder Morgan challenge is another straw on a very beleaguered camel  Justin McElroy reports. (CBC)

Fish recolonizing areas upriver of former dam sites on Elwha River
Josh Geffre has watched with awe as salmon return to the uppermost reaches of the Elwha River. Geffre, a fisheries technician for Olympic National Park, started monitoring the fish for the park in 2014 and has marveled as he’s seen most species swim upstream of the former Glines Canyon Dam. “It’s very satisfying to know the fish are recolonizing into areas upriver of the former dam sites,” he said during a recent trip to collect data on the fish. “It’s exciting to watch them.” Jesse Major reports. (Peninsula Daily News) See also: Elwha fish by the numbers  (Peninsula Daily News)

If you like to watch: Humpback whale greets ship off Cortes Island 
Peter Hamilton of the environmental group Lifeforce captured a close encounter with a curious humpback whale off Cortes Island in the Strait of Georgia. “Seeing whales in the wild is an incredible experience,” Hamilton told Postmedia’s Larry Pynn, noting this humpback took the initiative to approach his vessel as he was documenting behaviour for research. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Environmental Penalties Down Under President Trump
Since President Trump took office in January, enforcement of environmental laws has dropped dramatically, compared with past administrations. A study released by the Environmental Integrity Project finds that $12 million in civil penalties have been collected from violators in 26 cases between January and the end of July….  That’s significantly less than the number of cases prosecuted and the penalties collected under the same six month period by the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. Greg Allen reports. (NPR)

What was Washington state like during the last ice age?
Seattle was carved by ice. A mere 17,000 years ago, a massive glacier the height of five Space Needles covered what is now Seattle and a large part of western Washington. It carved out Puget Sound and Lake Washington as it advanced and retreated. And Seattle’s hilly neighborhoods — including Queen Anne, Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill — were etched by the glacier’s icy underbelly. The Cordilleran Ice Sheet was big — towering 3,000 feet high in the spot where Seattle stands today. But just how much land did it cover?  And was anyone around to see it back then? Amy Rolph reports. (KUOW)

Now, your weekend tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  248 AM PDT Fri Aug 11 2017  
 W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft in the afternoon. W  swell 3 ft at 10 seconds. Patchy smoke in the morning.
 W wind 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft subsiding to 2 ft or less after midnight. SW  swell 3 ft at 11 seconds. A slight chance of showers after  midnight.
 W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. SW swell 3 ft  at 11 seconds. A slight chance of showers in the morning.
 W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming E after midnight. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. SW swell 2 ft at 11 seconds.
 E wind to 10 kt becoming W 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft in the afternoon. W  swell 4 ft at 7 seconds.

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